Social Studies

Students are required to take social studies throughout their two years at Elm. Both years focus on American history. Social studies classes meet every other day, alternating with science classes.

Our curriculum is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Social Science.

In 7th grade, students learn American history and geography. The curriculum begins with the age of early exploration and extends to the Civil War. Students engage with primary sources, develop critical-thinking skills and learn how to construct arguments based on historical text.

In 8th grade, students continue their study of American history, covering topics chronologically through the end of the 20th century. Our teachers again stress the importance of engaging with primary sources, refining critical-thinking skills and constructing intellectual valid arguments based on historical text. At the end of the year, students take the Constitution test.